The Rocks

My Son

Today I watched you use a newfound stick to defeat the rocks in our driveway.  With determination you swung your stick from high in the air to pound the rocks below. You drug the stick through the rocks as you yelled, “no more rocks.” I’m not sure why you wanted to defeat the rocks, perhaps it’s because you fell in them the other day and got your first scraped knee.

Today, you were playing and having fun, but before long you will be grown, and unfortunately “rocks” will still be in your path.  As the rocks you were hitting today are hard, so will there be hard times as you grow. Times when things don’t go your way, times when life hits you harder than you ever expected, hard people, hard situations – they can come into our lives with a force that has the ability to knock us off our feet.  But remember, you have a force far greater inside of you than any of those unwanted rocks – the force of Almighty God! And, with Him, you are more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)

I want to encourage you to keep the same spirit I saw in you today. You were on top of the rocks. When life gets tough, and it will, keep your focus on the Lord and keep swinging your sword, which is the Word of God. With God, there is nothing you won’t conqueror.

I Love You!


Father God,

You know how much my momma heart wants to protect this boy from any kind of hurt or hard times, but I know it is you who uses those times to build faith and trust into us – your children. You draw us closer to your heart and reveal yourself to us in new ways when we walk through the “rocks” of life.  I pray that you will strengthen my Son, even now, to know You, to think on You and to form a relationship with you very early in his life. May he cling to you through all of his life experiences.

I pray Ephesians 6:10-12 over his life: Joel, “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

Thank You, Father.


6 thoughts on “The Rocks

    • Thank you Momma Crow. I am so glad you have gone before me and left an excellent model to follow. God has been far more gracious to me on this journey than I deserve.

  1. Sasha Lefler says:

    Leigh Ellen,
    I am so thrilled that you have started this blog! I know you have a heart for writing and sharing, and you do it so well. The clips that you have already written have blessed my heart as do the devotions you bring to our early morning meetings. You have such a talent. Thank you for sharing and I’m so looking forward to more! I love you, my sister in Christ! 🙂

    • Sasha,
      Thank you for all your kind words! You have been such a blessing to me. When I was in the process of starting Raising An Arrow, I recalled the words of encouragement you have spoken to me in our morning meetings about writing devotions. You definitely had a part in this process, as your encouragement spurred me on. Love and Blessings to you sweet sister!

  2. Aww, this post made this Mama choke up. My little man is a little farther behind yours – almost to one whole year, but this touched me so deep. I’m watching him sleep right now and it makes me so emotional that one day, soon, he will be facing all these challenges in life that his Daddy and I are now. I want to protect him from it all, but more than that I want his heart to find refuge in our Savior so that I know he will always be safe, no matter what happens in this physical life. Thank you for the prayer. I will be praying it over my son as well!
    God bless you, fellow Mama and sister in Christ!

    • Tiffany, you’ve probably heard this more times than you can count, but our babies truly do grow so fast! I know what you mean when you say you want to protect him from all of life’s challenges. I’ve had those same thoughts. What a beautiful prayer to pray though for our babies to find refuge in the Savior! Thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing your heart! You’ve have blessed me greatly!

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